Thank U.S. For Agent Orange Clean Up In Vietnam

AgentOrangeStudents

Target: Obama administration

Goal: Commend initiation of Agent Orange contamination clean up in Vietnam

Between 1962 and 1971, many areas in Vietnam were contaminated with Agent Orange and other herbicides, which were introduced locally by U.S. armed forces. Cases of respiratory cancer and birth defects have been linked to Agent Orange exposure due to U.S. military presence. These contaminants remain deeply imbedded in the soil, leaving locals vulnerable to chemical contact and subsequent respiratory and developmental side effects and impairments. Though the government offered millions of dollars in compensation to U.S. soldiers negatively affected, the U.S. had rebuffed foreign implications for this action, disputing the extent to which the sites in former South Vietnam were contaminated.

Recently, the Obama administration has stepped up to take accountability, acknowledging the active role of the United States in this tragedy for the Vietnamese people. The United States and Vietnam’s defense ministry have launched the first cleanup operation to purge a former aid base of the toxin left from the Vietnam War. Congress has appropriated $43 million for this project to excavate and clean up 73,000 cubic meters of soil and sediment at this site. The undeserved ailments faced by Vietnamese as a result of U.S. military presence is a dark reminder of the war. Sign this petition to thank the Obama administration for beginning to right the wrongs of a war from decades past.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Obama Administration,

I am writing to thank you for your action in assuming responsibility for cleaning the Agent Orange contaminated air base site in South Vietnam. Some may be saying accountability for Agent Orange is coming a little too late; I say the more you can do to help the negatively affected Vietnamese, the better. Keep the clean up efforts moving.

The Vietnam War has had long-lasting effects on locals as well as our U.S. veterans. While U.S. veterans coping with physical and mental effects of the war have been compensated, most Vietnamese victims have been ignored. The war has been over for 35 years. Thank you for initiating remediation for widespread contamination on behalf of the American public. I, sharing grievances for the Vietnamese, commend your accountability and transparency in dealing with the issue. These characteristics are the signs of a thriving democracy, the style of government we helped the South Vietnamese fight for. Praise is deserved for mending this military misstep.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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